Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

I really enjoyed this book. It got off to a bit of a slow start and was a bit confusing as it is set in two years, the present and 1995. After 50 or so pages I was hooked though. Tessa survived a kidnapping in 1995 when she was a teenager and was left for dead with the remains of three other girls.

The black eyed susans of the title are flowers which grew where the girls were found and have been planted near to Tessa at intervals over the years. The story is told mainly by Tessa and we see that although on the surface she appears strong she is still haunted by the past. The man originally convicted of the crimes is due to be executed (the story is set in Texas) and Tessa realises she can’t let this go ahead while she has doubts about his guilt. She works with the lawyers and investigators to try and see if she can remember any details that might prove his innocence.

There were plenty of twists and turns and enough red herrings to keep me turning pages eager to know the end. I really enjoyed the style of writing and think there would be plenty for reading groups to discuss.

Fiona Atley
Personal 5
Group 5

Black Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin

A Recommended Read in nb88


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